BERNER SENNENHUND Dog

The classic tricolor Swiss pattern in a shaggy hair that stands at 70 cm, sets the ( BERNER SENNENHUND ) Bouvier Bernois apart. It has a notable aristocratic air, combined with intelligence and agility.  Notably aristocratic, with its famous tricolor coat, this working Swiss dog stands at 64 to 70 cm to the withers in males, and the females, between 58 and 66 cm. The coat is thick, medium length, slightly wavy or straight; it should not be trimmed and is shown naturally; too curly or matte furs are undesirable. The head has a flat skull on the top and wide with a well defined stop but no exaggerated. The ears are medium sized; high inserted, and with a triangular shape with rounded tips. The Bouvier Bernois has a “dry” mouth, without too much lip. The upper outline is leveled; the chest, deep and the ribcage, wide, but not barrel shaped; the back is wide and firm. The tail, well stocked with hair can curl slightly when alert, but never curl so much as in a Spitz type dog. The shoulders moderately sloped backwards and never loose; the forelimbs straight, well set under the shoulder. The hocks well let down and straight. The tricolor coat consists of a deep black base (without exception), with symmetric patches in rust color and clean white.
 
BERNER SENNENHUND owners           
The Bouvier Bernois / BERNER SENNENHUND is a good natured dog, and not as extroverted as thought. (Many compare it with the Golden Retriever in character, but it wasn’t bred to be as open with people.) It is independent, although affectionate, usually reserved with strangers. It is an outdoor lover and prefers to be outside. The Bouvier Bernois seems to be unable to resist child attention. Its loyalty is extreme, and has a healthy attitude of enjoying life.
 
DEVELOPMENT of the BERNER SENNENHUND         
The puppy has clear rust colored patches over the eyebrows, cheeks, chest and legs three weeks after birth. 

A newborn Bouvier Bernois weighs a good 500 to 750g, and the puppy size clearly depends on the litter’s size. The smallest puppies usually have similar size as their larger siblings when adult. A responsible breeder will not let a puppy abandon the litter until it is at least eight weeks, which has been proven to affect the dog’s character positively. Its metabolism and quick growth require a special diet, for the puppy as well as the youngster. Although this diet varies from breeder to breeder, they are all low in protein, with vitamin and similar supplements. This type of diet is important to avoid bone problems. Usually a puppy needs to eat four times a day, and once its growth is stabilized, it is reduced to three times. Most joint problems are displayed after four and eight months. Coat color patches are visible after three weeks. Correct bite is difficult to foresee in a puppy, since it can change in these dogs when becoming adult. The hind dewclaws should be removed when young.

Unlike most puppies, the Bouvier Bernois puppy should feed at least three or four times a day during the first year. A low protein diet can avoid possible joint problems.
 
 BERNER SENNENHUND HEALTH
The Bouvier Bernois/ BERNER SENNENHUND is a large, kind, decided dog. Not too demanding about exercise, but of course long walks are convenient, and loves to pull a cart (of a child) if presented with the opportunity. Care is not excessive either, although it needs to be brushed to keep the hair clean and knot free, and the amount of dead hair during shedding is reduced. Hip dysplasia, osteochondritis and osteochondritis (two similar cartilage anomalies) are amongst other breed concerns, as well as progressive retinal atrophy. The Bouvier Bernois has the dubious distinction of being the first breed with elbow dysplasia, a hereditary anomaly that affects many breeds. Osteochondritis (and chondritis) usually arises in the maximum growth period, concretely four and eight months. In the breed there are cases of fragmented coronoid process, with similar symptoms to hip dysplasia. Breeders mention umbilical hernias, although they add that it is rarely serious cases. Aside from timely X-rays and seeking a healthy specimen, the only important factor for the Bouvier Bernois is its diet. Avoid overfeeding, especially in protein, and smaller portion distributed twice a day will help it avoid stomach torsion. Also avoid an excess trotting exercise until it is not completely developed. Your Bouvier Bernois is made to pull a cart, not for jumping.

The Bouvier Bernois puppy should be at least eight weeks to change homes.
Large breed puppies should not exercise in excess. The Bouvier Bernois seems to grow while sleeping!